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SPSS - Statistical Package for the Social Sciences
What is SPSS?
SPSS is a comprehensive and flexible statistical analysis and data management solution. SPSS is a computer program used for survey authoring and deployment, data mining, text analytics, statistical analysis, and collaboration and deployment
SPSS can take data from almost any type of file and use them to generate tabulated reports, charts, and plots of distributions and trends, descriptive statistics, and conduct complex statistical analyses. SPSS is among the most widely used programs for statistical analysis in social science.
Its is developed by Norman H. Nie and C. Hadlai Hull of IBM Corporation in the year 1968. It is compatible with Windows, Linux, UNIX & Mac operating systems. SPSS is among the most widely used programs for statistical analysis in social science.
Telecommunications, Banking, Finance, Insurance, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Retail, Consumer packaged goods, Higher education, Government, and Market research.
Features of SPSS
It is easy to learn and use. It includes a full range of data. management system and editing tools. It provides in-depth statistical capabilities. It offers complete plotting, reporting and presentation features.
Getting data into SPSS
Creating new SPSS data files Opening existing SPSS system files Importing data from an ASCII file Importing data from other file formats
The data editor offers a simple and efficient spreadsheet like facility for entering data and browsing the working data file. This window displays the content of the data file. One can create new data files or modify existing ones. One can have only one data file open at a time.
This editor provides two views of the data, Displays the actual data values or defined value labels. Displays variable definition information, including defined variable and value labels, data type, etc..,
PIVOT TABLE EDITOR
Output can be modified in many ways with is editor, and can create multidimensional tables. Ex: We can edit text, swap data in rows and columns
TEXT OUTPUT EDITOR
Text output not displayed in pivot tables can be modified with the text output editor.
High-resolution charts and plots can be modified in chart windows.
We need to save it and give it a name. The default extension name for saving files is ‘.sav’ . Ex. SSPS.sav Also we can able to retrieving already saved file
Variable is a user defined name of Particular type of data to hold information (such as income or gender or temperature or dosage). Array of variable is a collection values of similar data types.
Numeric Comma Dot Scientific notation Date Custom currency String
Rules for Variable Names
Names must begin with a letter. Names must not end with a period. Names must be no longer than eight characters. Names cannot contain blanks or special characters. Names must be unique. Names are not case sensitive. It doesn’t matter if you call your variable CLIENT, client, or CliENt. It’s all client to SPSS.
BASIC STEPS IN DATA ANALYSIS
Get Your Data Into SPSS: We can open a previously saved SPSS data file, read a spreadsheet, database ,or text data file, or enter directly in the data editor. Select a Procedure: Select a procedure from the menus to calculate statistics or to create a chart.
Select The Variable For The Analysis: Variables in the data file are displayed in a dialog box for the procedure. Run The Procedure: Results are displayed in the viewer.
After entering the data set in data editor or reading an ASCII data file, we are now ready to analyze it. The Procedures Available are Reports Descriptive Statistics Custom Tables Compare means General Linear model (GLM)
Correlate Regression Loglinear Classify Data Reduction Scale Non parametric tests Time Series Survival Multiple response.
Report is a textual work made with the specific intention of relaying information or recounting certain events in a widely presentable form
This provides techniques for summarizing Data with statistics, charts, and reports.
It provides attractive, flexible, displays of frequency counts, percentages and other statistics.
This provides techniques for testing differences among two or more means on their values for other variable.
GENERAL LINEAR MODEL(GLM)
This provides technique for testing univariate and multivariate analysis-ofvariance models including repeated measures.
This provides measures of association for two or more Variable measured at the interval level.
This provides a variety of regression techniques , including Linear, logistic, nonlinear, weighted, and two-stage leastsquares regression.
This provides general and hierarchical loglinear analsis and logit analysis.
This provides cluster and discriminant analysis
This provides factor analysis, correspondence analysis, and optional scaling.
This provides reliability analysis and multidimensional scaling. This provides non-parametric tests for one sample, or for two and paired or Independent sample.
NON PARAMETRIC TESTS
TIME SERIES Provides exponential smoothing, autocorrelated regression, ARIMA, X11 ARIMA, seasonal decomposition, spectral analysis, and related techniques. SURVIVAL This provides techniques for analyzing the time for some terminal event to occur, including Kaplan-Meier analysis and Cox regression.
MULTIPLE RESPONSE: This provides facilities to define and analyze multipleresponse .
Generate a simple , clustered , or stacked bar chart of the data. Generate a simple or multiple line chart of the data. Generate a simple or stacked area chart of the data.
Generates a simple pie chart or a composite bar chart from the data. Generates box plot showing the median, outline, and extreme cases of individual variables.
Generates Pareto charts, bar charts with a line superimposed showing the cumulative sum.
Produces the most commonly-used processcontrol charts.
NORMAL P-P PLOTS
The cumulative proportions of a variable's distribution against the cumulative proportions of the normal distribution.
NORMAL Q-Q PLOTS
The quantiles of a variable's distribution against the quantiles of the normal distribution.
Produces a plot of one or more variables by order in the file, suitable for examining time-series data.
TIME SERIES: AUTOCORRELATIONS
Calculates and plots the autocorrelation function (ACF) and partial autocorrelation function of one or more series to any specified number of lags, displaying the Box-Ljung statistic at each lag to test the overall hypothesis that the ACF is zero at all lags.
TIME SERIES: CROSS-CORRELATIONS
Calculates and plots the cross-correlation function of two or more series for positive, negative, and zero lags.
TIME SERIES: SPECTRAL
Calculates and plots univariate or bivariate periodograms and spectral density functions, which express variation in a time series as the sum of a series of sinusoidal components. It can optionally save various components of the frequency analysis as new series.
SPSS offers a user friendliness that most packages are only now catching up to. It is popular, and though that is certainly not a reason for choosing a statistical package, many data sets are easily loaded into it and other programs can easily import SPSS files.
For academic use SPSS lags notably behind SAS, R and even perhaps others that are on the more mathematical rather than statistical side for modern data analysis. Its menu offerings are typically the most basic of an analysis and sometimes lacking even then, and it makes doing an inappropriate analysis very easy. It is expensive, sometimes ridiculously so, and even when you do buy you're really only leasing, and its license is definitely not user friendly. There are often compatibility issues with prior
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